Black History Month Celebrations at Hartford Public Schools

A Plethora of Black History Month Celebrations at Hartford Public Schools

Many schools are holding engaging, original celebrations of Black History Month during the month of February. The precursor to Black History Month was created initially in 1926 as a special week which was chosen because it marked the birthday of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.  The purpose was to coordinate the teaching of the history of American blacks in the nation's public schools.  The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was proposed by the group, Black United Students at Kent State University in February of 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State University in February of 1970.  This month we continue the tradition of teaching African American history in our schools through events, activities and presentations.

Classical Magnet School has been announcing daily facts about African Americans from throughout our county’s history.  Sheila Nelson, one of our ELA paraprofessionals, has been working with students to organize these announcements, and to provide bulletin boards to share the celebrations and messages with the whole school.

Hartford Magnet Trinity Colleg Academy embarks on a past, present, and future Black History 2014 experience. During the week leading up to the Black History 2014 experience, HMTCA students learn about special leaders who created or made changes for African- Americans during their Advisory period. Teachers and Administrators in the school select quotes that were posted in the classrooms from Africa-American Leaders of the past, present, and future that they then discussed those quotes with their students. During the assembly HMTCA middle school students feature a poem by W.E.B Dubois, founder of the NAACP with a spotlight reading. Additionally, the middle school students and staff enjoy an exciting illumination music performance that showcases a look into the past, present, and future accomplishments of African Americans all over the world.

HMTCA high school students participate in a forum with many prominent African-American leaders in and around Hartford. Many of the forum leaders, included Hartford Public Schools Chief Research and Assessment Officer, Dr. Ayanlaja,  CEO, Author, and Activist –June Archer,  Associate Professor of Sociology at Trinity College-Dr. Johnny Williams, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College-Donna-Dale Marcano, Political and Legislative Director of the Working Families Party-Kennard Ray, will speak on topics and give testimonies relevant to the past, present, and future movements of African-Americans and other leaders that supported African-Americans. Both students and staff will interact with the panel to discuss how students can be leaders for change that support equality for all. Also, the high school students were given insight on how to create and foster a positive academic and social attitude for their own future endeavors.

On February 21st,  Bulkeley High School will hold their Black History Celebration.  The theme this year is “Motown Review."  Click here to see flyer.  The Bulkeley Statement of Core Values and Beliefs reads, "The Bulkeley High School community believes that all students can become responsible, independent individuals possessing the academic, social, and civic competencies for the 21st century. We value high academic standards, individualized learning experiences, and specialized programs of study that meet the needs of a diverse student population."  If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Mrs. Douglas at ext51175 or Mrs. M. Rivera at ext51225.

On Friday, February 14th at 1030am, Renzulli Gifted & Talented Academy holds it "I Have a Dream — a Celebration of Song, Dance & the Spoken Word" upon which they collaborated with the Judy Dworin Perfromance Prject.  You can read more about it here.

Annie Fisher STEM Magnet is planning their Black History Month celebration for February 28th. 

RJ, Kinsella Magnet School of the Perfroming Arts has a wealth of events spanning the entire month.  See their flyer here.




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